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Ray's Thai Tours #3

A little closer to home we come to a roadside workshop that specialises in creating enormous statues of elephants.

 

Here, Ben is watching with considerable interest as 3 artists are covering the wire frame of a mythical three-headed elephant with its first layer of concrete.

 

The owner of this workshop told us the price of a full-size, one-headed elephant is about US$3,000, plus delivery. She also told us an interesting, and ultimately funny, story about a wealthy Swiss Man air-freighting a statue home but not taking sufficient care about the packing and handling, and so landing with an expensive pile of rubble!

 

Thai artists are very skilled with concrete.

 

Elephant

 

Erawan

Ray's Thai Tours #3

A little closer to home we come to a roadside workshop that specialises in creating enormous statues of elephants.

 

Here, Ben is watching with considerable interest as 3 artists are covering the wire frame of a mythical three-headed elephant with its first layer of concrete.

 

The owner of this workshop told us the price of a full-size, one-headed elephant is about US$3,000, plus delivery. She also told us an interesting, and ultimately funny, story about a wealthy Swiss Man air-freighting a statue home but not taking sufficient care about the packing and handling, and so landing with an expensive pile of rubble!

 

Thai artists are very skilled with concrete.

 

Elephant

 

Erawan

comments (14)

I wouldn't think concrete is very easy to work with... but they do some amazing things with it!
Ray: Thai folks seem to have mastered concrete, Elizabeth...I am certainly amazed at what they can do with it.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 10 Aug 2017, 06:18
There are some wonderful elephants! I especially like the three-headed elephant - Ganesh?
Ray: The three-headed one is called Airvata, Philine...famed for his strength and his wisdom!
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 10 Aug 2017, 06:53
They seem to have a good order book. They are also very skilled, judging by the texture of the skin and the features of an elephant.

The green thing with the welcome sign would I'm sure be wonderful at the entrance to your Palace estate.
Ray: I thought the GreenThing would be nice at the bottom of the front steps, but Na felt it might scare the dogs...
  • Chris
  • No Nowhere
  • 10 Aug 2017, 07:17
Naturally you ordered a three headed tusker to stand next to the driveway leading to your little palace Ray
Ray: I was thinking one at each side of the entrance gate, Chris, but Na is strangely reluctant...
We have been looking for something to put in the bottom corner of the garden....do they do little ones?
Ray: Why not chuck a few of the old ones out, Bill, and put a life-size one there...the neighbours will be green with envy!
  • Martine
  • France
  • 10 Aug 2017, 07:39
C'est intéressant de voir la fabrication de ces statues.
Ray: C'est intéressant de voir la fabrication de ces statues.
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 10 Aug 2017, 08:26
Terrific work Ray, and cheap really, apart from shipping. I expect the Swiss man rushed out to buy a tube of superglue.
Ray: Ha Ha


He probably cried a bit, then bought a big tube of glue...
The one headed elephant behind the green welcome figure shows the Thai cement skill very well.
Ray: Yes...a very realistic impression, Mary.
I'd love a baby sized one to stand in the garden.
Ray: This workshop specialises in big ones, Brian, but others are into smaller ones.
Almost like an assembly line...
Ray: Yes...different teams had specialised roles, Larry.
Brilliant en-product, so realistic.
Ray: These are the best I have seen, Martin.
I wonder what she charges for a pygmy elephant :_)
Ray: The smallest I saw here were about Shetland Pony size, Tom.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 11 Aug 2017, 04:47
This is amazing, did you order one for in your yard wink...
  • Lisl
  • Bath, England
  • 11 Aug 2017, 07:48
It is hard to believe they are working in concrete, Ray - is the finished hide concrete, too?

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